Results remain same as write-in ballots counted

Incumbent Coroner Frank Brown received 1,787 votes, but fell short of making the top two.

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WALLA WALLA - A vote count for write-in candidates for the Aug. 17 primary election changed the numbers, but not the results in the races for the "top two" primary.

In the five-way race for the county coroner's position, the newest tally posted Friday evening showed the top two finishers in the race remaining as Richard Greenwood and Virginia Romine. Those candidates will advance to the Nov, 2 general election with the remaining three candidates in the race eliminated.

The next ballot count will come on Wednesday. There were 63 ballots left to be counted, according to results posted Friday.

Greenwood now has 4,187 votes, or about 34 percent of the total, while Romine has 2,776 votes or about 22 percent. The third-place finisher was Jim Schmerer with 2,410 votes, or about 19 percent.

The write-in candidate, incumbent Coroner Frank Brown, polled 1,787 votes, or about 14 percent. The last-place candidate as of Friday's count was Ken Hall with 1,309 votes, or about 11 percent.

In the sheriff's race, the top two contenders will be John Turner and Bill White. As of Friday's tally, Turner had garnered 7,042 votes or about 55 percent of the total and White had posted 4,159 votes or about 32 percent of the total.

The third candidate, Jim Romine, had 1,737 votes or about 13 percent.

In another race featuring a write-in candidate, Kevin Young had polled 35 votes for the county commissioner District 3 race in a bid to be placed on the November ballot against incumbent Greg Tompkins.

Tompkins had 3,609 votes as of Friday.

According to state law, Young must acquire at least one percent of the total votes cast in the election to be placed on the November ballot.

Walla Walla County's voter turnout mirrored the record numbers recorded in elections throughout the state with about 46 percent of the registered voters participating. As of Friday's count, 14,029 ballots had been cast out of 30,352 registered voters in the county.

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